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Training the Next Generation of U.N. Pro-Life Advocates (1794)

C-Fam’s Edmund Burke Fellowship draws legal students to the United Nations for an education about international processes that impact families and human life.

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Austin Ruse, president of the Center for Family & Human Rights, speaks with this year's participants in C-Fam's Edmund Burke Fellowship.

– courtesy of C-Fam

NEW YORK — Graduate students from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Germany and Romania gathered at the United Nations earlier this month as part of the Edmund Burke Fellowship program.

Run by the Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam), the fellowship is awarded annually to 10 young scholars with demonstrated backgrounds in international law and public policy. Throughout a week of lectures and briefings by scholars, specialists and U.N. personnel, fellows examine and explore the role played by the U.N. and international law in developing policies that impact families and human life.

“The ultimate goal of the Edmund Burke Fellowship is to train a new generation of leaders for the...READ MORE

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Why Smells and Bells Matter; Oh How I Love Her; Mother Teresa, Fulton Sheen, and Tolkien and More! (1651)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Why Smells and Bells Matter in Liturgy by Birgit Jones of Catholic Stand link to read more.

Why Smells and Bells Matter in Liturgy by Birgit Jones of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

What Do Mother Teresa, Fulton Sheen, and J. R. R. Tolkien Have in Common? – Phillip Kosloski

“Oh How I Love Her!” – T. J. Burdick, Epic Pew

Watch the Making of an Icon – D Mac, Creative Minority Report

Have Yourself an Adoring Little New Year – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

What Do the Scriptures Mean by “the Flesh”? – Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington City

Epic Giveaway: Verbum Basic - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Priest Invites People to Stand Around Altar During Consecration – Father John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

Where are the Catholic Street Evangelists? – Scott Woltze, Urban...READ MORE

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Pope: ‘Responsible Parenthood’ Doesn’t Mean Birth Control (7738)

Aboard the papal plane back to Rome following his Philippines trip, Pope Francis affirms Humanae Vitae's teachings about the matter.

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Pope Francis greets youth pilgrims in the Philippines on Jan. 18

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis backed Blessed Paul VI’s teaching against birth control and urged openness to life, but reminded couples that “responsible parenthood” does not require them “to be like rabbits” in order to be good Catholics.

“I believe that openness to life conditions the sacrament of matrimony. A man cannot give the sacrament to the woman, and the woman give it to him, if they are not in agreement on this point to be open to life,” Pope Francis said.

During a Jan. 19 press conference aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR 8010, two of 10 questions posed to Pope Francis referred to population growth and birth control.

Asked by a German journalist if the Church would...READ MORE

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Pope Confirms Three-City U.S. Tour During Fall Trip (975)

During his in-flight press conference from Manila to Rome, Pope Francis confirmed he is planning stops in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington this autumn, to coincide with his attendance at the World Meeting of Families.

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — During his in-flight press conference from Manila to Rome, Pope Francis confirmed he is planning stops in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington during his visit to the United States this autumn.

"The three cities are Philadelphia for the [World] Meeting of Families, New York … for the visit to the U.N. and Washington. It is these three," the Pope told journalists during his Jan. 19 return flight to Rome from the Philippines.

Pope Francis also confirmed that his September trip will not include stops in California, the U.S.-Mexico border or Mexico proper; there had been speculation that these sites would be added to the U.S. visit agenda, particularly after...READ MORE

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The Florida Divisions: A Tale of Two Sees (2139)


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The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops of 2014, contrary to belief in some quarters, did not change Catholic teaching.

But synod participants were encouraged, by the Pope and others, to modify its style. Separating words and concepts, however, is not as easy as it sounds — witness the confusion after Vatican II.

By the mere fact of advocating “outreach” to various groups, for example, we now have — probably as a permanent thorn in the side of the Church — battles among Catholics themselves over divorced-and-remarried people receiving Communion, a practice never allowed in the Western Church. And (though Pope Francis made clear that same-sex “marriage” was not spoken of at the synod) deep...READ MORE

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Filipino Bishops Discuss the Fruits of Pope Francis’ Visit (1250)

Cardinal Luis Tagle said that bishops, clergy and laity have all been ‘challenged by the Pope’ and that they must work to put it into practice.

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Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle embrace at the close of Mass Jan. 16 in Manila.

– CNA/Alan Holdren

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines prompted gratitude from leading bishops, who encouraged Filipinos to reflect on the Pope’s message and to use discernment in responding to modern life.

“The Pope is a pope of surprises, but God also surprised him,” Bishop Mylo Vergara of San Jose said at a press conference following Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines.

The bishop praised Pope Francis’ “spontaneity” and his appearance as someone who is “one with us.”

“That was his intention, even before coming here. He wanted to be one with us, in mercy and compassion,” the bishop said.

Bishop Vergara was joined by Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, apostolic nuncio...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Selma’ (3219)

One of the best films of the year illuminates Martin Luther King Jr.’s work — and the role of religion in the civil-rights movement.

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– Paramount Pictures

Selma achieves something few historical films do: It captures a sense of events unfolding in the present tense, in a political and cultural climate as complex, multifaceted and undetermined as the times we live in.

It depicts characters who share important goals but are not all on the same page in their priorities or their methods. It makes principles, expectations and choices that are taken for granted today subjects of plausible dispute and antagonism, even among those who share the same goals. We also see characters who oppose those goals without coming across as movie villains.

It offers a portrait of one of the 20th century’s most iconic leaders, Martin Luther King Jr., here seen not...READ MORE

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The Philippines Says Farewell: ‘Pope Francis, We Love You!’ (1259)

The Pope departed after a ceremony, where more 400 abandoned children performed songs to bid him farewell.

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Pope Francis and Philippine President Benigno Aquino during the papal departure ceremony Jan. 19.

MANILA, Philippines — The Pope departed the Philippines on Monday morning from Villamor Air Base, after a ceremony where more than 400 abandoned children from various welfare centers performed songs to bid him farewell.

“Pope Francis, we love you!” they said in a coordinated chant.

The Pope walked along a red carpet to his plane with Philippine President Benigno Aquino, making personal comments to several bishops, officials and laity.

He also spoke to President Aquino one-on-one.

“I want to thank you, Mr. President, for the warm welcome,” the Pope said Jan. 19. “You must have worked some extra hours.”

On Sunday, a massive crowd of 6 to 7 million people gathered for his final Mass at...READ MORE

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